Review: ‘Getting It on’

This North Carolina-lensed teenage comedy nimbly pumps new life into the overdone high school hijinks genre.

This North Carolina-lensed teenage comedy nimbly pumps new life into the overdone high school hijinks genre.

Filmmaker William Olsen targets our consumerist and video-obsessed culture for some ribbing in this story of high school freshman Alex Carson (Martin Yost), with a crush on the girl next door, Sally (Heather Kennedy). Devising a video software business to earn money, Alex borrows his startup capital from his very businesslike dad, and with the help of his cutup classmate Nicholas (Jeff Edmond) uses the video equipment to record hidden camera footage of Heather and other pretty girls.

When Nicholas is kicked out of school by mean principal White (Charles King Bibby), the heroes enlist the services of a friendly prostitute (Kim Saunders) to record footage of White in flagrante delicto.

What makes this material work is a fresh, enthusiastic cast, witty writing, and direction by Olsen that bears no hint of malice.

Getting It on

Production

Comworld. Director William Olsen; Producer Jan Thompson, William Olsen; Screenplay William Olsen; Camera Austin McKinney; Editor William Olsen; Music Ricky Keller; Art Director James Eric

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Martin Yost Heather Kennedy Jeff Edmond Kathy Brickmeier Mark Alan Ferri Charles King Bibby
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